1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of the Psychology of Morality

    330 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This cutting-edge handbook examines moral psychology and behavior, uncovering layers of human morality through a comprehensive overview of topics and approaches.

    Featuring an array of expert international contributors, the book addresses five key themes: moral reasoning, moral judgments, moral emotions, moral behavior and moral self-views. Each section includes empirical chapters that address these themes at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup or intergroup level. Each section starts with a reflective chapter from a leading scholar in this field of study who shares their personal vision on key issues and future developments. Drawing on emerging research and featuring real-world examples, the book offers a deeper understanding of the social psychological factors that shape our moral behavior and how this plays out in our daily lives.

    The Routledge International Handbook of the Psychology of Morality will be essential reading for academics and students in social psychology, the psychology of morality, business ethics and related areas. It will also be a compelling resource for legal and HR professionals, policy makers and anyone interested in understanding the complex and multi-faceted nature of human morality.

    Chapter 1 Introduction: What is right and what is wrong relates to who you are and where you belong: Unpacking the psychology of morality

    Naomi Ellemers, Stefano Pagliaro, and Félice van Nunspeet

    Part 1: A vision on morality

    Chapter 2 Forward: The Century of Moral Psychology

    Jonathan Haidt

    Part 2: Moral Reasoning

    Part 2a: A vision on moral reasoning

    Chapter 3 Moral reasoning: My personal journey

    Linda Klebe Treviño

    Part 2b: Empirical review chapters on moral reasoning

    Chapter 4 The intrapersonal level: Intrapersonal Moral Reasoning

    Paul Conway

    Chapter 5 The interpersonal level: Impartial Beneficence: The Forgotten Core of Utilitarian Psychology

    Jim Everett

    Chapter 6 The intragroup level: How social identity tunes moral cognition

    Jay J. Van Bavel, Dominic J. Packer, Jennifer L. Ray, Claire Robertson and Nick Ungson

    Chapter 7 The intergroup level: Human = Moral: The Boundary Conditions for Moral Reasoning Engagement in Intergroup Contexts

    Lasana T. Harris and Ramandeep Mungur

    Part 3: Moral Judgments

    Part 3a: A vision on moral judgements

    Chapter 8 Moral judgment: What makes it unique?

    Andrea E. Abele

    Part 3b: Empirical review chapters on moral judgements

    Chapter 9 The intrapersonal level: How positions of power shape judgments of others’ moral character: A social context perspective

    Marlon Mooijman

    Chapter 10 The interpersonal level: Interpersonal Consequences of Moral Judgments about Others

    Christopher W. Bauman and Erik G. Helzer

    Chapter 11 The intragroup level: Moral Character in Group Perception

    Marco Brambilla and Simona Sacchi

    Chapter 12 The intergroup level: Social Neuroscience of Intergroup Decision-Making

    Jennifer Kubota, Richa Gautam and Jasmin Cloutier

    Part 4: Moral Emotions

    Part 4a: A vision on moral emotions

    Chapter 13 A vision (and definition) of moral emotions

    Roger Giner-Sorolla

    Part 4b: Empirical review chapters on moral emotions

    Chapter 14 The intrapersonal level: Beyond Contamination and Disgust: The Role of Moral Emotion in Threat Monitoring and Moral Judgment

    Simone Schnall and Robert K. Henderson

    Chapter 15 The interpersonal level: What is shame? Shame as a relational network of emotion-experience

    Nicolay Gausel

    Chapter 16 The intragroup level: Moral emotions, empathy, and acceptance of others as ingroup members: A social neuroscience perspective

    Eric J. Vanman

    Chapter 17 The intergroup level: Moral emotions in intergroup relations: The motivations and consequences of advantaged group members’ aims to challenge the intergroup inequality

    Bertjan Doosje, Hanna Szekeres, Enzo Cáceres Quezada, Michael Boiger and Judit Kende

    Part 5: Moral Behavior

    Part 5a: A vision on moral behavior

    Chapter 18 Behavioural Ethics: A Retrospective Reflection and Prospective Prescription

    Ann E. Tenbrunsel

    Part 5b: Empirical review chapters on moral behavior

    Chapter 19 The intrapersonal level: From feelings to moral actions. A working memory model of emotional influences on people’s own moral behaviours

    Lotte F. van Dillen

    Chapter 20 The interpersonal level: Affirming transgressors’ morality as a strategy to promote apologies and interpersonal reconciliation: The promise and potential pitfalls

    Nurit Shnabel

    Chapter 21 The intragroup level: When and why reputational concerns influence immoral behaviour

    Bianca Beersma, Annika S. Nieper, Maria T. M. Dijkstra and Gerben A. van Kleef

    Chapter 22 The intergroup level: The strategic use of morality in intergroup relations

    Susanne Täuber

    Part 6: Moral Self-Views

    Part 6a: A vision on moral self-views

    Chapter 23 On the vertical: How the Moral self pursues its highest good

    Karl Aquino

    Part 6b: Empirical review chapters on moral self-views

    Chapter 24 The intrapersonal level: The Moral Self

    Jennifer Jordan, Elizabeth Mullen and Marijke C. Leliveld

    Chapter 25 The interpersonal level: Moral self-views, at the interpersonal level of analysis

    Myryam Kouchaki and Rajen Anderson

    Chapter 26 The intragroup level: Morally motivated intragroup deviance and dissent

    Jolanda Jetten and Charlie R. Crimston

    Chapter 27 The intergroup level: Moral self-views: The intergroup level

    Matthew J. Hornsey

    Part 7: A concluding vision

    Chapter 28 How morality shapes research – A conversation with the editors

    Susan T. Fiske


    Naomi Ellemers is Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, Netherlands, elected member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Her research focuses on the way people live together in groups and work together in organizations. She examines how individual behaviors and moral choices are influenced by social concerns and group norms.

    Stefano Pagliaro is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, where he is Head of the GPM-Lab (Group Processes and Morality Lab). His main research interests relate to social perception and group dynamics. In particular, he is interested in understanding the way in which moral concerns regulate interpersonal, intragroup and intergroup dynamics.

    Félice van Nunspeet is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, Netherlands. She is research leader of the program on Integrity & Ethics in the Organizational Behaviour Research Group, at the department of Psychology. Her research is focused on how social contexts affect people’s moral perceptions and motivations. She takes a psychophysiological and neuroscientific research approach to examine people’s implicit behavior and the underlying cognitive and affective processes.